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  • Smooth shooting
  • Easy to control
  • Red dot capable
  • Large aftermarket
  • Aftermarket can be pricey
  • Some people have reported issues with birdshot cycling
Editor’s Note:

“Benelli’s M4 is what we would call a good Italian auto shotgun. It’s the best combat shotgun on the market and would do phenomenal in a home defense setup or tactical arena. This autoloader looks great, runs smooth, brings that cool factor we all like from our guns. Most importantly, you can trust your life to it.” – Johnny B.

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Product Details

Barrel Length
14in / 18.5in / 5.6in
Magazine Capacity
10rd / 5rd / 7rd
12 Gauge / 40 S&W / 45 ACP
Overall Length
40in / 8.9in
Fiber Optic
Matte Black

Product Features

Ghost ring sights
Standard choke tubes
Drilled and tapped receiver

Product Description

This 12-gauge shotgun is a fast-shooting, smooth semi-auto model. Featuring an 18.5-inch barrel, it measures 40 inches in total length with a weight of 7.8 pounds. It offers up a 14.75-inch length-of-pull. Drilled and tapped, you can throw an optic on it and rock and roll.

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By The Numbers

Rifled slugs at 100-yards? Fuggedaboutit.
For me and multiple thousands of rounds of birdshot, the M4 is perhaps the most reliable gun I’ve ever run.
The aftermarket for the M4 is robust.
The big grip is fantastic, and the controls are solid. The foregrip it comes with is so-so but is an easy replacement for something bigger.

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final verdict

“Benelli’s M4 stands as a shining example of what a good Italian auto shotgun can do. Far and away, it’s the best combat shotgun on the market. This autoloader looks great, runs smooth, offers up a certain cool factor, and you can trust your life to it. It earns two huge thumbs up from us. Without hesitation, we recommend you run…not walk…and buy an M4.” – Johnny B.

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